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Race and Antiracism in Black British and British Asian Literature$
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Dave Gunning

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314827

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316258

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Multiculturalism and Ethnicity Politics

Multiculturalism and Ethnicity Politics

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(p.108) Chapter Three Multiculturalism and Ethnicity Politics
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Race and Antiracism in Black British and British Asian Literature
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316258.012

Britain's growing cultural diversity since World War II has sparked differing opinions on the issue of multiculturalism. In the late 1960s, Roy Jenkins declared that immigrants to the UK should not be required to ‘assimilate’ to British norms and instead called for equal opportunity along with cultural diversity and mutual tolerance. In 2000, the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (CFMB), chaired by Bhikhu Parekh, published a report spelling out the aims and ideals of multiculturalism as a political policy of respect for cultural diversity. However, Home Secretary Jack Straw, who created the CFMB himself, questioned many of the conclusions of the Parekh Report. The Canadian Charles Taylor, a communitarian, argues that a key aspect of human life is its fundamentally dialogical character. Tariq Modood offers a pragmatic, political (rather than philosophical) formulation of multiculturalism that essentially rejects the ‘totalising’ arguments of the communitarians.

Keywords:   Britain, multiculturalism, Roy Jenkins, Multi-Ethnic Britain, Charles Taylor, communitarians, Tariq Modood, cultural diversity, Bhikhu Parekh

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